Sam Safford

Sam  Safford
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • B.A. Economics, California State University, Los Angeles
  • M.A. Economics, San Diego State University
  • Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive Room 316
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


My research agenda focuses on the intersection of gender, knowledge, power, political sociology, and inequality. In particular, I am interested in how social power is utilized by individuals and institutions to shape knowledge, and how said knowledge subsequently reinforces social hierarchies. Specifically, I seek to examine how (trans)gender identities are defined and enforced by social actors and what roles varying social actors play in marginalizing trans identities and bodies across contexts.



Sam Safford